People or Machine?


Occasionally, in the fire service, we have a tendency to think about staff as another resource that needs management.

“Oh, I need another Paramedic at that station.  Move him over there.”

“We need more engineers, send those two to school.”

In fact, staff has a tendency to think of themselves as objects with unlimited capacity.

“I can work another overtime shift if you need me.”

“I’ll do whatever the department needs me to do.”

The unstoppable, adapt-and-overcome attitude of the fire service is one of it’s greatest traits.

But it does get us in trouble sometimes.Read More »